Capital Zoom is a seamless, cloudless, zoom-in starting from a global view zooming down to the nation's Capitol. It is composed entirely of real earth-observing satellite data. Included are IKONOS 1 meter data, Landsat7 15/30 meter data, Terra/MODIS 250 meter data, and Terra/MODIS 8 kilometer data. The visualization first zooms in seamlessly, then zooms out showing where the different data set layers reside.This vizualization was created using Maya for motion control, Renderman for rendering, IDL for pre-processing of the data, Imagine for image registration, and Photoshop for color martching.
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Gregory W. ShirahHorace G. MitchellMarte NewcombeMichael MangosJames W. WilliamsAlex KekesiStuart Snodgrass
March 2, 2005
There are other cities to
There are other zooms and flybys of cities to the grandcanyon. Some super high resolution (ie movies ) can also be downloaded. But you really need a mpeg-2 hardware decoder for smooth play. Someone mentioned seeing the neighbor. That to is available for many cities, down to a foot resolution. (That is you can make out anything bigger than a foot). USGS has those for free online to.
Enjoy now, because one by one, government services are adopting fees for these free services.
August 4, 2004
Let's see the next door neighbor changing!
Not bad, but the NFB of Canada did a far superior version (I believe not using computers) in their film, called uhhhh, Oh yeah, cosmic zoom (which may explain the title for this)
Although it is neat to see that this can be done by satellite, doesn't this sort of give you the willies?
March 22, 2004
Capital Zoom Review
Short and somewhat technical explanation of satellite imaging. Marvelous perspective!